So our congressmen are voted to drill in the Alaskan Refuge. Their reasoning is of course to take us out of the depedency on foreign oil supplies. With the prices hitting $2.40 here in California, one would like to welcome the action, if it was not for the fact that there are so many other alternatives that will get us out from the depency on oil as energy choice period. Make even had a post on their blog recently about converting your Prius into a complete electric vehicle:
There's a secret "stealth mode" which allows Prius owners to put their cars in all-electric mode. While it's not functional in the USA, it does work in Japan and Europe. Some Prius hackers have already enabled the button and added an extra battery.Another promising area of course is the Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle. Techtv did a story a couple of months back about a company that will convert you dinosaur remains powered vehicle into complete hydrogen. The price tag was $100,000. Still out of reach of most people, but why can't the price comes down? Everytime I hear some automobile executives say there is no demand for such a vehicle, I want to send them running to read some Deleuze and Guattari. The fact to the contrary can be seen in stories about people coming from outside California to order one of the current electric/gasoline hybrids. So obviously the demands are there.
I don't know if I really like to give much praise to the Terminator, but his commitments to provide Hydrogen fuel stations throughout California is part of the right solutions; unlike the current Administration, who talked about energy independence, including the alternatives, but appears to be doing nothing to encourage the developements of those alternatives, as the push for a vote to drill in the Alaskan Refuge illustrates.